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    May 25, 2015, 11:26 PM - Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #1

    I've got a new project started (and it's not a Captain America!). I've been looking around and getting reference from the client and was able to jump into getting this one going last week. Here are a few of the reference images from the library I have.


    Like most projects, this one begins with the creation of the fitting mock up. In order to create this, I get the client to fill in a measurement card and send it back along with several pictures. I then create a basic pattern based on that information. The new seams are drawn on and this will become the pattern for the mock up. Somewhat ironically, this base pattern is being created using a pattern I drafted a couple of years ago for a Smallville/comic hybrid version of Booster Gold.


    This piece is cut apart, traced onto paper and used to cut the mock up and will serve as the first draft of the actual garment patterns. Those patterns are then used to cut similar fabrics to the final - we need heavy-weight fabrics in some places and stretch fabrics in others - and the fitting mock up is sewn together. Since this mock up is in bright red and the camera kind of blew out the color, I've added some lines onto the images to highlight the seams and where the gold lines will eventually go.


    Seam lines at this point are not final. Some will be moved, some will be eliminated and some will be added. The main point at this stage is to ensure that the fit, proportions and planned structure will be correct for the client. The next step with this mock up is to add the collar and make a simple pant mock up. Then, these will go off to the client for a fitting.

    In the meantime, in conversations with the client, we decided that we wanted to print some sections of the suit to get the pattern and color down. So, we collaborated on the pattern and have got it 90% finalized.


    Once finalized via a test swatch, the printed yardage will be ordered.
    More to come...
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    Jun 4, 2015, 11:38 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #2

    Looks awesome! Where do you get the fabric printed? Will it be high density screen printing?
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    Jun 5, 2015, 7:36 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #3

    I missed this post! This is looking great!
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    Jun 5, 2015, 10:21 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #4

    Crocoboxer said: View Post
    Looks awesome! Where do you get the fabric printed? Will it be high density screen printing?
    Thanks! I'll be going to Fabric on Demand. I'll get a sample first and see how it comes out. I'll have it printed on their spandex and then will fuse the pieces to a jumbo spandex or ponte to give it more thickness and body.

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    I missed this post! This is looking great!
    Thanks! The mock up is almost done - I'll be posting more pics over the weekend.
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    Sep 24, 2015, 8:51 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #5

    Finally back on this project and have enough to share a decent update. So, picking up where I left off...

    Once we had the design finalized, the fabric was printed by Fabric on Demand and the faux leather was purchased. Here are the final fabrics for the suit.



    The fitting was completed with the client and the mock up was returned with notes and markings for some sizing adjustments that needed to be made. I began with the jacket and revamped the pattern to both accommodate the alterations and incorporate some adjustments to the seams based on my research library for the costume.



    With the new pattern completed, I began constructing the body of the jacket. The printed fabric is a 4-way stretch and is fairly thin, so I decided that the costume needed to be backed with ponte to give it some extra body. However, simply backing each piece and then assembling the jacket made the seams too bulky - especially where the gold piping was being inset.

    The answer to this was to make some sections of the jacket as a single layer shell and then line that section with ponte. Going with this strategy, I decided it was best to assemble the jacket back-to-front.I began with the center back pieces - single layer- and then the lower sides with the gold detail and the mid-sides.



    This entire section was made in just the shell fabrics and then a ponte version was made and flat-lined that to it.

    Next, I moved on to the rib section.
    I wanted to try to emulate the dimensional effect of the ribs on the actual costume, so I tacked some headliner foam to the shell pieces with Super 77 and stitched the detail lines through the layers. The back section of this piece was cut from the shell, lined with ponte and attached at the side. The entire rib piece was then attached to the main back piece of the jacket.



    The next pieces to add were the chest pieces. These pieces were cut from the faux leather and backed with headliner foam to give them some added structure to support the zipper and resin emblem.



    These pieces also feature an overlap on the zipper and a curved edge on the left side for the emblem where the zipper is centered down the rest of the jacket. More on that to come...
    In the meantime, the chest pieces and the center front stomach pieces are added to the rest of the jacket body.



    Here's the jacket at this point.



    Next up - waistband, zipper, collar and sleeves.
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    Sep 24, 2015, 9:39 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #6

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    SMP Designs said: View Post
    Finally back on this project and have enough to share a decent update. So, picking up where I left off...

    Once we had the design finalized, the fabric was printed by Fabric on Demand and the faux leather was purchased. Here are the final fabrics for the suit.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...ash-fabric.jpg

    The fitting was completed with the client and the mock up was returned with notes and markings for some sizing adjustments that needed to be made. I began with the jacket and revamped the pattern to both accommodate the alterations and incorporate some adjustments to the seams based on my research library for the costume.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...ash-mock-3.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...ash-mock-4.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...-pattern-3.jpg

    With the new pattern completed, I began constructing the body of the jacket. The printed fabric is a 4-way stretch and is fairly thin, so I decided that the costume needed to be backed with ponte to give it some extra body. However, simply backing each piece and then assembling the jacket made the seams too bulky - especially where the gold piping was being inset.

    The answer to this was to make some sections of the jacket as a single layer shell and then line that section with ponte. Going with this strategy, I decided it was best to assemble the jacket back-to-front.I began with the center back pieces - single layer- and then the lower sides with the gold detail and the mid-sides.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-1.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-2.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-3.jpg

    This entire section was made in just the shell fabrics and then a ponte version was made and flat-lined that to it.

    Next, I moved on to the rib section.
    I wanted to try to emulate the dimensional effect of the ribs on the actual costume, so I tacked some headliner foam to the shell pieces with Super 77 and stitched the detail lines through the layers. The back section of this piece was cut from the shell, lined with ponte and attached at the side. The entire rib piece was then attached to the main back piece of the jacket.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-4.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-5.jpg

    The next pieces to add were the chest pieces. These pieces were cut from the faux leather and backed with headliner foam to give them some added structure to support the zipper and resin emblem.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-6.jpg

    These pieces also feature an overlap on the zipper and a curved edge on the left side for the emblem where the zipper is centered down the rest of the jacket. More on that to come...
    In the meantime, the chest pieces and the center front stomach pieces are added to the rest of the jacket body.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-7.jpg

    Here's the jacket at this point.

    http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-8.jpg http://smpdesigns.com/smp/wp-content...h-jacket-9.jpg

    Next up - waistband, zipper, collar and sleeves.
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    Sep 24, 2015, 10:57 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #7

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    Thanks!
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    Sep 26, 2015, 2:32 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #8

    This is seriously GORGEOUS work Sean! Can't wait for more updates.
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    Sep 28, 2015, 12:17 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #9

    always in awe, I wish I could sew. I always got the thread stuck and it would bunch up on me. just plain gave up after that with fabric of any kind.
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    Sep 29, 2015, 1:34 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #10

    Mr.Spider said: View Post
    always in awe, I wish I could sew. I always got the thread stuck and it would bunch up on me. just plain gave up after that with fabric of any kind.
    Thanks! Usually, thread bunching is either a tension problem or the needle is not the right size or is not facing the right direction.
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    Sep 29, 2015, 1:59 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #11

    You, sir, are a wizard, and this is awesome. I always enjoy your builds, and hope to employ many of your strategies if/when I tackle Cyclops's red Marvel Now suit next year. Keep up the phenomenal work!
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    Sep 29, 2015, 2:11 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #12

    Vox said: View Post
    You, sir, are a wizard, and this is awesome. I always enjoy your builds, and hope to employ many of your strategies if/when I tackle Cyclops's red Marvel Now suit next year. Keep up the phenomenal work!
    Thanks man! Marvel Now Cyclops - that's a good one!
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    Sep 29, 2015, 6:49 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #13

    More! More!
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    Oct 13, 2015, 10:28 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #14

    Time for a Flash update!

    Picking up where I lift off on the jacket, the next step was to complete the facing on the upper left side. The zipper is centered down the rest of the jacket, but the left side of the chest has to have an overlap with a curved section to hold the emblem. The facing was cut to match the shape of the left side of the chest and stitched down, turned under and top stitched.



    Once the facing was in place, the zipper was set in. I then moved on to the sleeves.


    The sleeves have a segmented section in the back that accommodates the bend in the elbow. To create this area, I created a template of the segments on the paper pattern and used that as a guide. I cut the entire sleeve section from a solid piece of stretch ponte. Then, I cut 2" strips of faux leather and, using Super77, tacked under the edges to create a finished 1" strip. The strips were then stitched down to the base working from bottom to top and all the faux leather was trimmed to the proper shape.



    The shoulder and back piping were added next and then the front of the sleeve and the front section of piping. Lastly, the cuff with the thumb loop addition was added and the whole bottom edge was finished with top stitching. There's also a 7" zipper in the back of each cuff.



    The last major component to the jacket was the collar. The collar was made of faux leather with a section of the stretch in the back. The collar is also oversized for the neck so that it will accommodate the cowl that needs to fit underneath.



    Here is the jacket at this point.



    The last things to do on the jacket are small finishing closures on the collar and chest flap, the velcro for the emblem, finishing on the zippers and the thumb loops and binding on the bottom.

    Then, it's on to the pants!
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    Oct 14, 2015, 6:40 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #15

    This is just incredible! Love seeing how others work, even if it does make me feel so inferior with my own skills hah.
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    Oct 14, 2015, 7:12 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #16

    The jacket looks AMAZING! Can't wait to see the pants!
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    Oct 14, 2015, 7:32 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #17

    This is incredible dude
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    Oct 14, 2015, 1:58 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #18

    Na16Patman said: View Post
    This is just incredible! Love seeing how others work, even if it does make me feel so inferior with my own skills hah.
    Iggy said: View Post
    The jacket looks AMAZING! Can't wait to see the pants!
    Mystery said: View Post
    This is incredible dude
    Thanks guys

    I'm really pleased with the way it's coming out. Frankly, I was a bit frustrated at first with the dye sub Lycra on something this structured. It was too thin on its own, but just slightly too thick when backed. Plus, adding in the piping created some bulk issues in the seams and intersections. It did take some experimenting to get it to behave properly, but it's turning out quite well, I think.

    Cheers!
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    Oct 18, 2015, 2:38 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #19

    This is incredible craftmanship. Really digging it
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    Oct 18, 2015, 11:11 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #20

    jasonsshin said: View Post
    This is incredible craftmanship. Really digging it
    Thank you!
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    This is coming together really well. Are you planning to attach the hood to it or just leave the collar is?
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    Oct 30, 2015, 10:15 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #22

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    This is coming together really well. Are you planning to attach the hood to it or just leave the collar is?
    Thanks! The collar will stay like this - he has one of the Rocketeer cowls to wear with it.
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    Nov 5, 2015, 11:35 PM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #23

    Hey SMP I literally rarely ever use my RPF account but I'm doing flash for my kids on profit charity. I have ordered my cowl from.a friend in the states but I'm extremely picky about ensuring the suit is going to be as high quality as the cowl is. We work with big name groups like the kids hospital and make a wish and children's wish foundations etc so the suits need to look 100% believable. Are you making these suits available upon commission request and what would you charge me. Can you private message me via email c3directordave@gmail.com ?

    I'm most impressed and don't believe any other suit would do The Flash justice. This show is also my favourite to the point I'm thinking of getting a Flash tattoo lol so I definitely would be thrilled to have one of your flash suits.
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    Nov 8, 2015, 3:34 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #24

    Spartan427 said: View Post
    Hey SMP I literally rarely ever use my RPF account but I'm doing flash for my kids on profit charity. I have ordered my cowl from.a friend in the states but I'm extremely picky about ensuring the suit is going to be as high quality as the cowl is. We work with big name groups like the kids hospital and make a wish and children's wish foundations etc so the suits need to look 100% believable. Are you making these suits available upon commission request and what would you charge me. Can you private message me via email c3directordave@gmail.com ?

    I'm most impressed and don't believe any other suit would do The Flash justice. This show is also my favourite to the point I'm thinking of getting a Flash tattoo lol so I definitely would be thrilled to have one of your flash suits.
    I'll email you and we can discuss, thanks!
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    Nov 8, 2015, 4:54 AM - Re: Ready, Set... CW Flash WIP (Pic Heavy) #25

    OK guys - here come the pants!

    Before finishing the jacket, I wanted to get the pants together to make sure everything would line up properly. I began by altering the pattern according to the mock up that was fitted and started cutting the pieces. The upper sections of the front were assembled first with the piping that forms the top line of the lightning bolt. Next, the sections above the knee were assembled with their part of the bolt.



    Before joining these two pieces and completing the bolt, I wanted to build the segmented knee area and add the lower front of the leg. The segmented knee was built with the same method as the backs of the elbows. The first step was to make a template of the entire knee and lower leg from the base pant pattern. There are four angled segments on the knee that are cut, edges folded under and stitched to the ponte base.



    Once the template was complete, the ponte base was attached to the lower thigh and the segments were cut and sewn down. To make sure the segments had nice, crisp finished edges (and that the edges stayed under while I was stitching them), I lightly sprayed the back of each segment with Super77. I then folded the edges under (1/2" allowance - my standard) and the open area on the back of the segment helped to tack it to the base and keep it in place while stitching.



    Once the lower fronts were assembled, I joined the thighs to complete the bolts and finished them off with all the top stitching detail.



    Moving on to the back, I began at the top and worked my down each leg. The upper back segmented areas were assembled first. Then the rest of the legs moving down to the segmented section that makes up the back of the calf.



    Finally, the fronts were joined to the backs at the outseam, the side panels were added and all the rest of the finishing (fly, inseams and waistband) was completed. Here are the completed pants by themselves.



    And with the jacket. Note that the bottoms of the bolts on the jacket don't quite line up to the pants. This is why I didn't want to completely finish the jacket before the pants were done. It's a fairly simple process at this point to alter those seams to make everything line up, but it wold have been much more complicated if the bottom of the jacket had been finished.



    That small detail will be fixed and the jacket details will be finished. Then, it's on to the boots, gloves and belt.

    Stay tuned!
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